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The number of HIV patients continues to rise

The number of HIV patients continues to rise

Almost 80,000 people in Germany live with HIV / AIDS

The number of people living with HIV / AIDS in Germany has risen steadily since the mid-1990s, reports the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in a current press release on the occasion of World AIDS Day on December 1st. The reason for the steadily increasing total number of people living with HIV in Germany are also the improved treatment options. Because fewer people would die of AIDS each year than people would be newly infected.

The RKI estimates that a total of around 78,000 people with HIV / AIDS live in Germany at the end of 2012. The majority of those affected - around 50,000 people - receive appropriate therapy. RKI estimates in its current Epidemiological Bulletin that around half of the remaining 28,000 people are not even aware of their illness. A further increase in those affected is expected in the coming years, as the number of new infections with around 3,400 people is significantly higher than the number of HIV deaths (around 550 in 2011).

Slight increase in new HIV infections last year In a press release on World AIDS Day, the Robert Koch Institute reports a steady increase in people living with HIV in Germany since the mid-1990s. Overall, the number of new HIV infections has stagnated at an approximately constant level after an increase at the beginning of the past decade since 2004/2005. The RKI estimates around 3,400 new HIV infections in 2012. The most affected are “men who have sex with men.” At the end of the 1990s, there was a significant increase in new infections. While the number of new infections in this risk group decreased slightly between 2006 and 2010, the RKI has registered a renewed increase in new infections since 2011, which is associated with the significantly increased spread of other sexually transmitted infections. For example, the venereal disease syphilis, which has also increased in Germany since 2010, favors infection with HIV. The RKI estimates that "of the 78,000 HIV-infected people in Germany, around 51,000 are men who have sex with men."

HIV prevention continues to be a high priority According to RKI President Reinhard Burger, the numbers of new HIV infections, deaths and the overall number of people affected make it clear that “efforts to prevent infections continue to require high priority and sufficient funding.” rapid diagnosis and treatment of syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections that promote infection with HIV are also urgently needed. However, the RKI acknowledged that the current information on new HIV infections is only based on estimates and should not be confused with the number of new HIV diagnoses reported. Also, "the current estimate is not directly comparable with the estimates of previous years, since each new modeling results in new values ​​for the entire course of time due to partly changed assumptions and methods." For example, the estimates on the occasion of World AIDS Day last year There was a slight decrease in new HIV infections in Germany, which however had to be corrected based on the current calculations. In fact, a slight increase in new HIV infections was already observed in the second half of 2011, reports the RKI. (fp)

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